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Farming

Floods hit farms hard

Flooding Wild weather has hit Northland farms hard with power outages, equipment damage and flooded pastures.

Piggery break-in upsets

Pigs The manager of a Taranaki piggery has barely slept since learning her property was invaded by animal activists.

Quick-thinking saves lost farmer

Police A Matamata farmer who lost his way at night in rough weather did everything right, police say.

They found their mojo

Taranaki focus farm hosts Kathy and Chris Prankerd A couple who had lost their passion for farming find their mojo through a project established by DairyNZ.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink. AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Opinion poll

Are farmers right in demanding heavier penalties for those caught rustling?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Farmers demand beefing up of rustling laws

The small few affecting all

A file photo of dirty dairying. A small minority of dairy farmers who did not take a responsible view on caring for the environment are holding the rest of the industry back.

Ignored roads need funds

The state of rural roads is in dire need of attention and could well be a political football leading into the elections.

Greens' farming fears

Carbon tax 'udderly useless'

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Upbeat over tech future

When Nick and Anita Jurgens talk about their farming future, son Zander is at the forefront of their thoughts.

Tailor made forecasting

Invention sold out in days

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

They found their mojo

Taranaki focus farm hosts Kathy and Chris Prankerd A couple who had lost their passion for farming find their mojo through a project established by DairyNZ.

Secrets of success

There is no silver bullet for Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company's success and longevity.

Cows like to be cool, too

New champion for the dairy cause

Cows the moojority

Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

A lot of bull set for Waikato

Waikato hereford breeders Bruce and Pip Robinson bought this bull for $55,000, a record price for the breed for 2014. It's a record-priced bovine that is, in the words of its purchaser, "the complete bull".

Limousin takes top honours

The limousin breed once again took out the major awards in the 2014 Otago-Southland beef competition.

Little-known breed attracts fans

Aspire to dairying advice

Beet great news for beef

A Lincoln University academic says use of a fodder beet crop is great news for beef cattle farmers.

Sheep name suppression in vet case

Sheep Far from the farm, an Auckland hearing deliberates on the plight of a now-dead pregnant ewe.

Vigilance urged as more sheep killed

At least 15 sheep have been killed on another North Otago farm, just days after close to 200 sheep were killed on a nearby property.

Intestines do a runner

Amazing response

Sheep massacres linked?

Police issue warning to farmers after two sheep mass killings involving firearms. | Vet charged over pet sheep's treatment

Soil mapping tech steps forward

Smart Ag Solutions general manager Seaun Lovell Four cropping farmers were so smitten with the precision of a soil sampling machine that they brought it back with them from the US.

Grower lauds 'wonder fuel'

Sugar beet touted as the new wonder fuel by grower who is now harvesting sugar beet for the dairy market.

Apple exporter seeks new money

Funds boost for NZ avocados

Maize options highlighted

Maize silage is the cheapest option for dairy farmers to add extra feed to cows, a supplier says.

Planning for a successful succession

Joan Baker Relationships ruined and businesses going off the rails. Professional succession planner Joan Baker has seen the ugly side of farm succession.

Floods hit farms hard

Wild weather has hit Northland farms hard with power outages, equipment damage and flooded pastures.

Piggery break-in upsets

Public buy-in 'vital'

Marine farm to go ahead

A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Quad bike safety That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Keep watch on running costs

Farmers owe it to themselves to be level-headed about their debt and tuck away some of their earnings each year for a rainy or dry day.

Wage change eases pain

Beet caution urged

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.